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Things To Consider When Buying A Camera For Food Photography

Things To Consider When Buying A Camera For Food Photography

If you are new to food photography, it can be difficult to know which camera to buy. So what is the best camera for food photography?
As a food and still life photographer, you don’t need the many bells and whistles that modern cameras offer.
Let’s take a look at some things to consider when buying a new device.

Sensor Size

The first thing to consider when looking for a new camera is the size of the sensor. Will you buy a camera with a
cropped sensor or will you invest in a full frame camera?
Your budget can be the most important factor in deciding your choice.
Trimmed sensors are cheaper to manufacture by the manufacturer. This will make superior digital cameras available to a wide range of consumers in all price ranges. These are often referred to as “prosumer” cameras.
You can take great pictures with the cropped sensor device. The problem is that the camera and lens behave differently between the trimmed sensor and the full frame sensor. The
full frame device complies with the 35mm crop standard for traditional film cameras. The sensor size is 24mmx36mm. The trimmed sensor is smaller than this. It doesn’t fit most lenses and the final image looks different.
All cameras have a crop factor. This is the number used to represent how much the device will crop the image compared to a standard 35mm image. The crop factor for most full frame cameras is usually 1. Others like Canon 1Dx have a format factor of 1.3.
For example, I started taking food photos with an APSC Canon EOS camera with a crop factor of 1.6.
This means multiplying the equivalent focal length of the lens by 1.6 times to get the actual focal length and make the image look like it was taken.
Therefore, in Canon Rebel, a 50mm lens behaves like an 80mm lens. It’s the perfect lens for shooting food with a full-frame camera.
It’s no wonder that many food bloggers recommend 50mm as an excellent all-round lens for food photography.
This is not always the case, especially if the camera is a full frame camera.

File Size

Most digital cameras today have large file sizes. However, when printing an image, you need to consider the file size.
When you are a food blogger, you often only take pictures for the web. But what if one day you want to write a cookbook or license a food photo through a photo agency? You need to make sure that the camera can retrieve large files.
This usually means that the short side is at least 3000 pixels.
Also, make sure that the selected camera can capture RAW files.
Some photographers start shooting JPEG files. After that, when you feel that your skills have improved, move on to RAW shooting. But I encourage you to start shooting RAW and learn how to edit it as soon as possible.
RAW files are basically digital negatives. Unlike JPEG files, it can withstand endless editing without data loss. The quality of JPEG files is downgraded with each edit.
Also, it is packed with more than 1000 times more information and color brightness. This gives you unlimited freedom in your approach to post-processing.
If food photography isn’t just your hobby, make sure you can shoot RAW files with your camera of choice.

ISO level
When shooting food, you will most likely need to use a tripod. However, you may need to hold the camera in your hand. For example, when shooting food at a restaurant, vineyard, or farm location.
At this point, ISO is very important. You need a camera that can handle relatively high levels of noise. Despite advances in
camera technology, using high ISO values ​​will result in a complete loss of image quality.
When shooting in the above scenario, be sure to test how far you can push the ISO before shooting. Post-processing programs such as
Lightroom and a noise reduction plugin called Dfine can reduce noise in your images. However, poor quality images cannot be completely saved.

Number of focus points

This is one of the biggest influences in deciding which camera to use when buying a new food photography.
Some photographers are focusing on using manual mode. I don’t have perfect eyesight, so I have to rely on autofocus.
Moreover, even if the manual focus is slightly out of focus, it is very easy to miss the focus completely.
Suppose you have a camera with only nine focus points. Maybe you often can’t focus where you need it. This can be very frustrating.



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